Should I look at my hands or at the music sheet while playing piano? Is it a bad thing to play piano by memory?vn.angelica
A pianist will look at all 3.
You will look at your hands, the sheet music, and from memory.
You will always look at your hands when you’re playing, unless you are looking at the sheet music, or doing something in your performance like closing your eyes.
The times when we look at our hands and the sheet music are when we are learning, to check our placement, fingering, reaching to chords, low notes, and high notes.
If you want to improve your reading ability and familiarity with the keys, a good method is to stop looking at your hands and only focus on the sheet music. You will be able to learn new sheet music easier because you won’t be looking up and down as much – you will have a skill for playing without looking down at your hands.
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